Hillary Clinton advice to Black Lives matter: a tentative analysis

lawrence serewicz
35 min readJan 10, 2021

Foreward: In November 2016, I wrote this after the recording emerged of a meeting between Hilary Clinton and Black Lives Matter. I never got around to publishing it because other events got in the way.

I return to it now because it seems to capture issues that remain present even though it was four years ago. Although the Trump campaign made significant efforts to suppress Black voter turnout, some of the reduced enthusiasm rests with the issues raised by this exchange.

The deeper lesson is how does political change occur and how does a politician who wants change effect that change even when compromises require them to waver in their support for those goals.

In the early days of her presidential campaign, Hilary Clinton met with activists from the Boston chapter of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization. The activist had tried to interrupt an earlier event. After an event, later in that day, they were invited to meet her. The two activists (Daunasia Yancey, who founded the chapter, and Julius Jones) had the meeting recorded. The meeting was later released online with a transcript. The transcript contains helps us understand Hillary and BLM. For Hillary, we have a glimpse of her approach to politics which can suggest how she would govern.

Clinton gave the BLM protestors valuable advice, which they may not have fully appreciated at the time, but she did something more important.[1] Beyond the advice, she met with them…